Eliakim is an orphan. He completed his KCPE last year. He had little hope of attending Secondary School. He was living with a cousin but it was not a satisfactory place to stay as his cousin only worked part time and had little money to support both of them.
Eliakim's situation was brought to the attention of Expanding Opportunities. Through your generous donations, Eliakim is now in a boarding Secondary School! He will stay with his cousin during the holidays. When we visited Eliakim in school, he had the broadest smile ever!
Thank you for providing an education for Eliakim.
The beginning of January is exciting and hectic! Schools open for the new year. The students need uniforms, books, school supplies and education fees. Shopping for uniforms and supplies means long lines and long days but the rewards are great!
We thank you for helping get 10 children completely outfitted and sent to school. There are several more on the waiting list for uniforms or school fees. Just yesterday I was approached by an anxious father. His son had had all his school items stolen, including his uniform and shoes.
The father is desperately trying to find help before his child loses too many days of school. I do believe we have one fantastic pair of shoes to bring the dad today.
We hope to raise enough to get several more into school before the term has progressed much further.
School ends at the end of November in Kenya. At this time students are taking their EXAMS. Then they look forward to their long holiday.
It is a busy time for Expanding Opportunities as we are fundraising for the nextyear's school fees, uniforms and books. Based on the amount of donations is the number of children we can assist to attend school. It is often difficult to understand that children are denied an education because they do not have a uniform, shoes, or lunch money. But thousands of children in Kenya drift to the streets in January as they are unable to attend school.
We hope to be able to continue to buy uniforms and support those children we have been assisting and to more than double the number of uniforms, books and school fees we are able to pay.
Just a pair of $25.00 second hand shoes can mean the difference between attending school and becoming a street child. Often just a $15.00 per term lunch fee can mean the difference between a meal in a day and begging food on the street.
As this year draws to a close we are thankful for those you have assisted us to help. And we look forward with excitement to the HOPE we will be priviledged to give in January 2012.
September begins the final term for this school year in Kenya. Once this term has begun, there will be many requests for assistance to help a student finish and graduate from High School. There are extra fees during this time and though families are aware of the fees, they have been unable to save up to pay them. The drought in Kenya has forced food and other prices up to never before seen limits. Therefore it is possible even excellent high school senior will be unable to pay their KCSE examination fee.
The KCSE is the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education. The examination takes place in November and covers the 12 years of school the student has completed. The scores on this examination determine the student's vocational and educational future. It is given only once during the year and does have fees attached. If the student cannot pay the fees they cannot take the examination and will have to repeat their last year of high school in its entirety to retake the examination the following year.
We have a very small amount of funding for a few examination fees. Your assistance now will be applied to the account of High School seniors for their examination fees. I will post the student stories on Global Giving.
Any amount over the fees will be saved for student fees and uniforms for the 2012 school year.
David Maina is in his second year of high school. In Kenya, the school year is divided into three terms. Each term is accompanied with its various fees. Though the Kenya government supports free public education, the subsidy provided is not enough to cover all expenses. Therefore families must raise funds each term for their child to attend school.
Maina began his high school career through generous sponsors. Even his first term of 2011 was funded. In April, during the break between Term I and Term II, his sponsor was no longer able to support him. He sent his please to Expanding Opportunities. For little more than $30.00 per term, Maina could continue his education.
As of this day, Maina was still out of school. He is the first on the list to return to school when funding is available.
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